Imagine the joy of a couple trying to get pregnant for seven years when they find out are going to have twins. Now, put that joy in contrast to the tragedy that happened almost nine months later within hours of delivering a healthy baby boy and girl by cesarean section.
The Daily Mail reports that doctors couldn't stop the bleeding of 44-year-old Michal Lura Friedman from Manhattan and within five hours she died of heart failure. Her husband Jay Snyder is left to raise the twins, Jackson and Reverie, on his own.
The Daily Mail has more:
Doctors decided to do a C-section on November 25 -- three days ahead of schedule because Ms Friedman had high blood pressure.
After she gave birth to a 6lb girl at 4:48pm and a 7lb 12oz boy at 4:50pm doctors tried to stop her bleeding, reported the New York Daily News.
Mr Snyder sat in another room and desperately prayed for her survival as he looked over his new-born children. But his wife died later at 9:30pm.
"One of the many things that is despicable about this is that she didn’t really even get a chance to hold her kids," he told the New York Daily News.
"They held up the babies to her, she saw them and smiled at me, but she was kind of out of it from the drugs," he said, adding she was desperate to be a mother.
The babies were delivered at New York University Langone Medical Center. The New York Daily News reports that the complication occurring during the C-section was a known risk but is rarely fatal.
Since running the story the Daily News has reported an outpouring of support for Snyder:
Agnes Thompson, a baby nurse from Brooklyn wrote, “My heart goes out to the family and I am offering my services free of charge, for a short while. This is my love extended to them. Please take courage.”
Lorraine Flores of Manhattan, offered to be full-time nanny to Jackson and sister Reverie.
“I would love the chance to bring my natural nurturing to the twins . . . please let me help.”
Alan Sherman wrote to tell Snyder he is not alone. He, too, lost his wife — a librarian in the Queens Public Library — after childbirth in 2003.
“Like my children, Jay’s children will never know their mother. . . . Be strong for your children and be there for them,” Sherman said.
And a 65-year-old grandpa of eight wrote in at 5:54 a.m. just to say he was heartbroken.
“I’m in tears after reading this sad story. It breaks my heart,” said Frank Iovine.
The Daily News reports Snyder as being overwhelmed by the sentiments he has been receiving from readers stating "every act or word or kindness helps." Snyder will be hosting a benefit concert for his wife who was a singer-songwriter.
Learn more about the Snyder twins here.